Howard University Hospital

Under Review: 
No Review
Date Breach Made Public: 
March 27, 2012
Washington , DC
United States
District Of Columbia US
Records Breached: 


Breach Total Number: 
66 601
Year of Breach: 
Type of organization: 
Type of breach: 

The January 27 theft of a laptop from a former contractor's vehicle resulted in the loss of patient information.  The patient files included Social Security numbers, names, addresses, identification numbers, medical record numbers, dates of birth, admission dates, diagnosis-related information, and discharge dates. The majority of those affected were patients who were treated at the Hospital between December 2010 and October 2011.  Some patients who received treatment as far back as 2007 were also affected. The patient files had been downloaded onto the contractor's personal laptop in violation of the Hospital's policy. The contractor stopped working for the hospital in December of 2011.

UPDATE (09/21/2012): The number of patients who were notified was revised from 34,503 to 66,601.